Every individual deserves the quality of life he or she wants when facing a serious illness or near life’s end.
To care for individuals and families with compassion, support, and expertise as they navigate the end of life or life-changing illness.
The right care at the right time, providing the best possible experience for patients and families in our community facing the end of life or life-changing illness.
Hospice of Wake County is formed as a non-profit organization, with one staff member and 20 volunteers. The first patient admitted is a young child with leukemia, and five more patients are served that year.
The first Board of Directors of Hospice of Wake County includes Dr. Billy Dunlap (hematologist and oncologist in Raleigh), Kathleen Townsend (primary-care nurse at Rex Hospital), and Derenda James (nurse at WakeMed).
1980s – 1990s
Hospice of Wake County (HOWC) institutes a popular fundraiser – Oktoberfest – held for 17 years in Cameron Village and for three years in North Hills.
HOWC receives Medicare.
We launch our Palliative Care program, the first of its kind in North Carolina.
Marketing begins on our capital campaign’s private phase.
North Carolina’s Council of State awards 8.7 acres of land for the area’s first free-standing hospice facility to be built off Trinity Road in Cary.
2010 – 2015
Hospice of Wake County opens the area’s first free-standing hospice facility. In 2011, the campus is dedicated as the Reid S. Towler Campus, thanks to the generosity of Mr. Towler and his $1 million gift in 2010.
Hospice of Wake County and Hospice of Harnett County merge to enhance access to non-profit hospice care.
In 2013, the Board of Directors approves a name change to Transitions LifeCare to reflect our offerings of more than “hospice” care and service to patients well beyond “Wake County.”
Guiding Lights and Transitions LifeCare form a partnership to improve efficiencies of both organizations.
Transitions Kids is introduced.
2016 – 2020
A $6 million campaign is completed, allowing for the construction of ten additional rooms in the Hospice Home.
Transitions PalliativeCare becomes largest provider of palliative care services in North Carolina.
Named TBJ’s Best Places to Work 2019 and 2020.
Board of Directors
William (Tres) Pittman, MD, President
Executive Medical Director
WakeMed Physician Practices
Tom Williams, Vice-President
VP Ambulatory Services, Support Services
VP, COO, UNC REX Healthcare of Holly Springs
Social Worker – Health Service Navigation
The Cypress of Raleigh
Beth Perry Black, PhD, RN, FAAN
UNC School of Nursing
State of North Carolina
William Dunlap, MD
Raleigh Medical Group
Heather Honeycutt, AuD
Cape Fear Otolaryngology
CEO and Principal Consultant
Immanuel Consulting Services, LLC
Senior Vice President
First Citizens Bank
Nicholas Kenny, PhD
Chief Scientific Officer
Rev. Dr. Steven L. Lyons
President, Steven L. Lyons Funeral Home
Pastor, Mt. Zion AME Church
Karen Preston, MHA, BSN, RN, ACM, CCM
Director of Case Management
Duke Raleigh Hospital
Rhonda Gillespie Raney
Principal and Attorney Mediator
Duke Energy, retired
President and Chief Cultural Officer
The Nautical Group
Adam Wolk, MD
Senior Medical Officer
Board of Trustees
Jason Sandner, CPA, Chair
Medical Mutual Insurance
VP of Finance and Operations
Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog
President and CEO
Sustain the Impact
Help us to sustain the impact. Your financial commitment will ensure that we keep our promise that no one will ever be turned away due to financial status. Throughout our service area, an average of 8% of patients are underserved and indigent, which includes adults and children – four times the national average. Your gift allows them to face end of life in a dignified way and in a place they call home. In addition, your support provides free grief counseling services through the Kit Boney Grief Center, providing hope and healing to everyone in the community.
Diversity & Inclusion
At Transitions LifeCare, everyone is welcome. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression and we are committed to providing an exceptional care experience to everyone. Treating you with respect and getting to know you as an individual helps us provide you and your loved ones the best possible care. We recognize that…
- Creating awareness supports compassion.
- Involving people from different perspectives creates more open doors.
- Valuing contributions of people from diverse backgrounds helps build a better system to deliver care.
- Inclusion helps everyone grow.
We embrace diversity of thought, background, experience, practice, and expression and actions that support inclusion. Some of the ways we do this include:
- Making inclusion part of our strategic plan
- Providing LGBTQ-inclusive and cultural humility training for staff
- Racial Equity Institute Groundwater training
- Seeking out methods to recruit a diverse workforce